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  1. Šaltibarščiai – Lithuanian Pink Cold Beet Soup

    August 14, 2017 by Varga László

    Šaltibarščiai is one of the defining Lithuanian dishes, but also for the neighboring Latvians who call it Aukstā zupa.
    It means literally cold borscht, made with kefir, if you cannot find kefir you can replace it with buttermilk.
    As most Lithuanian dishes, this too is accompanied by potatoes.
    First I ate it when Latvian guests prepared this delicacy for an evening with friends.
    Second time I have tasted when traveling in the Baltic countries last year, in Klaipeda, yumminess in a saucer, great for hot summer days.
    Last days I had some guests, of which Indre, Lithuanian girl from Vilnius. Both with her and her boyfriend, Markus, we had a great time and from one thing to another, we ended up preparing this amazing cold soup, under her supervision 😀.
    Below is her recipe:

    Ingredients ( 6 servings):

    • 500 g potatoes
    • 500 g beetroots
    • 2 l kefir
    • 1 bunch of green onions (about 5)
    • 1 bunch of parsley leaves
    • 1 bunch of dill
    • 3-4 large cucumbers
    • 6 eggs
    • salt to taste

    Preparation method:

    1. Boil the potatoes with skins on. After they are boiled skin them and cut each of them in 4.
    2. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise, then each one again twice lengthwise. Cut all of these quartered cucumbers in 2 mm slices.
    3. Chop the parsley leaves and dill.
    4. Cut the green parts of green onions into 1 cm pieces.
    5. Pour the kefir in a large pot to hold all ingredients.
    6. Grate the beetroots directly into the kefir pot, stir from time to time to check if you reached the desired pinkish colour.
    7. Boil the eggs hard.
    8. Add the chopped greens – dill, parsley, cucumbers and green onions, and stir them gently into the soup. Add salt to taste.
    9. Add the soup to the fridge to cool down for at least half an hour.
    10. Serve the soup in bowls, on top cut the hard boiled eggs into smaller pieces and sprinkle some extra chopped green leaves.
      On a separate small plate beside serve some of the boiled potatoes.

  2. Lucskos káposzta – Hungarian “Sloppy” Cabbage Soup – Recipe

    October 10, 2012 by Varga László


    Ingredients (6-8 servings):

    • about 2 kg pork leg with bone and skin
    • 1 big cabbage (about 1 1/2 – 2 kg)
    • 200 g smoked meat or bacon
    • 1 kg tomatoes (from farmers market for better aroma)
    • 1 cup wine
    • 1 bunch thyme leaves
    • 1 bunch dill leaves
    • 4 bay leaves
    • salt and pepper to taste


    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the pork, then remove the skins and bones.
    2. Cut the lean meat into 2 cm cubes.
    3. Place the smoked meat, bones or skins into a big soup pot and cook them for 1/2 hour.
    4. Add the meat cubes to the pot, replenish it with some water and cook for about an hour, until the meat is half done.
    5. Slice the cabbage then dice the slices roughly.
    6. Add the cabbage, thyme and dill to the boiling pot and cook for another half an hour.
    7. Peel the tomatoes (best if they are blanched before for 10-20 seconds) and  cut them into quarters.
    8. Add the tomatoes, wine and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another half an hour, until the tomatoes are pretty much dissolved, and the meat and cabbage tender but not overcooked.
    9. Serve while still hot, then refrigerate the remaining soup and you can eat it for a few days as it tends to gather more aromas from its components. 

  3. Palóc Soup Recipe – Hungarian (Palócleves)

    January 7, 2012 by Varga László

    The Story:

    This soup is invented by the famous Hungarian cook Gundel Károly at the request of writer Mikszáth Kálmán who was from Palóc-land region, nowadays situated in northern Hungary and southern Slovakia.

    Ingredients (6 persons)

    • 80 dkg of beef shank ( I used some bony parts too)
    • 1/2 kg frozen green beans
    • 2-3 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 level teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 2 medium onions
    • 6 medium potatoes
    • 200 ml sour cream
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 1 tablespoon of paprika
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • a few dill leaves



    1. Dice the onion into very small cubes.
    2. In a pot with little oil braise the onion.
    3. Dice the meat in cubes, add to the pot and fry them a few minutes in the oil.
    4. Then add the finely chopped garlic, spices, paprika and salt, and a little water.
    5.  Cook until the meat is almost done, the time is not fixed as it varies with the age of the cattle.
    6. Peel the skins off the potatoes, dice them into 2 cm cubes.
    7. Add some more water to the pot and the diced potatoes.
    8. When the potatoes are done,  add the defrosted green beans and bring it to boil for 2 minutes.
    9. Mix the sour cream with 2-3 spoons of soup and the flour – lump-free.
    10. Add this thickener to the soup and bring it to boil for 1 minute.
    11. Finally, sprinkle it with finely chopped dill.